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Ordering New and Inventorying Saved Seeds

As you thumb through catalogues or peruse online seed sources your wish list may be growing.  Check your seed inventory before placing your final order. 

Left over seeds will last for several seasons if stored in a cool dark location.  Leave them in their original packet that has all the needed planting information.  And for best results store in an airtight jar in the refrigerator.

Longevity varies with variety, but you may be surprised to find you can get years of planting from that packet of seeds.  Onions, parsley, verbena, and salvia usually last about a year.  Whereas properly stored Brussels sprouts, cabbage, calendula, and zinnia can last for five years.

Trade your extra seeds with gardening friends.  Or donate them to schools, community gardens, master gardeners, or other groups that may lack the resources to buy their own seeds.

And put the old seeds to use in seed art and other projects you and your family can create.

A bit more information: Test your saved seed for viability.  Place 10 seeds in a damp paper towel.  Fold the towel and place in a plastic bag for several days.  Check in a week to see if the seeds have sprouted.

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